4 Fun Activities by the Water
New England Aquarium
Whether you come to the New England Aquarium with children or not, try to remember being a wide-eyed kid and press your face close to the giant four-story ocean tank, the star of the show, with its 600-plus creatures–including sharks, barracudas, stingrays, and sea turtles–swimming endlessly amidst the reef. The aquarium’s mission is educational, but its lasting value is awakening the sense of wonder that lives inside all of us.
1 Central Wharf
Savvy clamdiggers don’t need a lecture on the virtues of eating local–they’ve been going straight to the source for years. And nowhere is that locavore movement more prized than on Massachusetts’ North Shore and Cape Ann, where the softshells and littlenecks–sweet delicacies for even the biggest clam-o-holics–are a reminder that if you want to eat well, sometimes you gotta get your hands dirty. Digging permit required. Check with town shellfish wardens for details.
Yes, we know New England’s ocean waters are famous for their chill, even on hot summer days–but nowhere is the water warmer and more inviting than on Long Island Sound. Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme, Connecticut, lets you stretch out, fly kites, build sandcastles, and jump into the gentle surf without goosebumps.
244 West Main St. (Route 156)
East Lyme, CT
Just as it’s done for three decades now, the WoodenBoat School, set on 60 waterfront acres in tiny Brooklin, Maine, immerses students at all building-skill levels in the hands-on details of boat construction. Learn from the best and then come away with your best, in the form of a boat made with your own two hands.
41 WoodenBoat Lane